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Modern Irish and Scottish poetry / edited by Peter Mackay, Edna Longley, and Fran Brearton
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011, ©2011
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 4th Floor  PR8771 .M62 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English poetry -- Irish authors -- History and criticism
English poetry -- Scottish authors -- History and criticism
English poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Subject Rhymers' Club (London, England)
Physical Description x, 336 pages ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction / Edna Longley -- 1. Swordsmen: W. B. Yeats and Hugh MacDiarmid / Patrick Crotty -- 2. Tradition and the individual editor: Professor Grierson, modernism and national poetics / Cairns Craig -- 3. Louis MacNeice among the islands / John Kerrigan -- 4. Townland, desert, cave: Irish and Scottish Second World War poetry / Peter Mackay -- 5. Affinities in time and space: reading the Gaelic poetry of Ireland and Scotland / Máire Ni; Annracháin -- 6. Contemporary affinities / Douglas Dunn -- 7. The classics in modern Scottish and Irish poetry / Robert Crawford -- 8. Translating Beowulf: Edwin Morgan and Seamus Heaney / Hugh Magennis -- 9. Reading in the gutters / Eric Falci -- 10. 'What matters is the yeast': 'foreignising' Gaelic poetry / Christopher Whyte -- 11. Outside English: Irish and Scottish poets in the East / Justin Quinn -- 12. Names for nameless things: the poetics of place names / Alan Gillis -- 13. Desire lines: mapping the city in contemporary Belfast and Glasgow poetry / Aaron Kelly -- 14. 'The ugly burds without wings'?: reactions to tradition since the 1960s / Eleanor Bell -- 15. 'And cannot say/and cannot say': Richard Price, Randolph Healy and the dialogue of the deaf / David Wheatley -- 16. On 'The Friendship of Young Poets': Douglas Dunn, Michael Longley, and Derek Mahon / Fran Brearton -- 17. 'No misprints in this work': the poetic 'translations' of Medbh McGuckian and Frank Kuppner / Leontia Flynn -- 18. Phoenix or dead crow? Irish and Scottish poetry magazines 1945-2000 / Edna Longley -- 19. Out with the pale: Irish-Scottish studies as an act of translation / Michael Brown
Summary "The comparative study of the literatures of Ireland and Scotland has emerged as a distinct and buoyant field in recent years. This collection of new essays offers the first sustained comparison of modern Irish and Scottish poetry, featuring close readings of texts within broad historical and political contextualisation. Playing on influences, crossovers, connections, disconnections and differences, the 'affinities' and 'opposites' traced in this book cross both Irish and Scottish poetry in many directions. Contributors include major scholars of the new 'archipelagic' approach, as well as leading Irish and Scottish poets providing important insights into current creative practice. Poets discussed include W. B. Yeats, Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley MacLean, Louis MacNeice, Edwin Morgan, Douglas Dunn, Seamus Heaney, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, Nuala ni Dhomhnaill, Don Paterson and Kathleen Jamie. This book is a major contribution to our understanding of poetry from these islands in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries"-- Provided by publisher
"To compare modern Irish and Scottish poetry is to change the critical axis. It is to unsettle categories like the "English lyric" or "Anglo-American modernism". We might begin with two Irish-Scottish poetic encounters a century apart. The Rhymers' Club, which foregathered in 1890s London, laid crucial foundations for modern poetry in English, and established the prototype for later avant-garde coteries. The Club's make-up was strikingly "archipelagic": a term that will recur in this introduction. The Rhymers' Club marks a space where literary and cultural traditions from different parts of the British Isles came into play; where late nineteenth-century aestheticism met Celticism; and, more materially, where Irish, Scottish and Welsh poets competed for metropolitan attention - W.B. Yeats with particular success"-- Provided by publisher
Alternate Author Mackay, Peter, 1979- editor of compilation
Longley, Edna
Brearton, Fran
Crotty, Patrick, 1952- Swordsmen

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